Coordinate the day-to-day activities of a multi-faceted complex medical and/or surgical practice within the Department of Otolaryngology. The Sr. Coordinator will ensure a smoothly functioning office and good patient relations. Serve as resource in team environment. May serve in lead capacity to orient, train, and direct new medical office coordinators or other office staff. Address patient problems, third party issues and patient-related situations based on past experiences, and resolve issues independently. As appropriate, refer patients to other resources. Adapt to changes in technology and software to ensure efficient office practice. Provide administrative support for medical matters on behalf of physicians, as well as general academic/general administrative support.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Medical Administrative Support. Professionally and efficiently handle incoming requests from patients and ensure that issues are resolved both promptly and thoroughly. Gather patient information, fulfill patient needs, educate patients, where applicable, to prevent the need for future contacts and document interactions in applicable systems. Provide quality service and support in a variety of areas which may include, but not limited to scheduling, registration and care coordination.
Serve as a resource for other Medical Office Coordinators and other administrative support staff. Train new staff, and may serve as a super user for new systems.
Talk to prospective patients and/or family members to determine appropriate health care provider for patient(s). Advanced discussion includes: if provider is appropriate specialist, or if someone else may be more appropriate based on area of specialization, timeframe to get an appointment, insurance coverage, and geographic location. Offer effective alternatives to patient when appropriate.
Routinely addresses complex situations based on past experiences, and knowledge and understanding of healthcare resources and how they should be used. Examples may include working with VIP patients, work with international patients, and unique scheduling situations.
Coordinate all pieces of complex patient visits pre and post op. This includes scheduling all preliminary exams, imaging studies, and other tests in a timely fashion, and then gathering results for physician review. And/or Coordinate patient visits within specialty program that requires more complex coordination of care across departments and/or multiple locations, departments, institutions and/or entity lines of service, and multiple systems.
If approved to schedule in EPIC, schedule appointments in EPIC.
Schedule new and follow-up clinic appointments, and assist in canceling and rescheduling of clinics for providers who have a non-schegistrar as their MOC.
Collect insurance information, and complete registration in EPIC.
Answer more complex questions from patients about billing and refer to JHU Physician Billing Services and/or JHH Patient Financial Services.
Support the physician with insurance preauthorization and single case agreement processes by submitting necessary clinical information as instructed by the physician.
Coordinate follow-up office visits by providing information about treatment, and testing locations. Schedule lab tests and other procedures, and/or coordinates with other areas to complete scheduling process.
When physician’s clinic is cancelled, call patient to re-schedule physician and/or testing appointments pertaining to that visit.
If requested by physician, complete courtesy calls to patients to remind them of appointment arrival times and answer questions about location, parking, what to bring, etc.
All information entered into EPIC will be subject to evaluation, quality controls and performance management standards.
If not approved to schedule patients in EPIC, refer patients to Access Services to schedule appointments and procedures. Participate in multi-party conversations to ensure appropriate timing of services and medical records as required by physician.
Provide administrative support for medical matters on behalf of physicians.
Answer in-coming call from patients and provide information to patients, as appropriate
Routinely check voice mail and return calls to patients within 24 hours.
Coordinate with patient and/or referring physician to obtain outside medical records. Ensure that all relevant outside medical records are received and scanned into Epic in advance of clinic. Ensure that physician gets medical records in advance per protocol as appropriate.
Refer patient to appropriate resources/clinical areas.
Send out letters and post op information to referring physicians, if needed.
Send out confirmation letters to patients when appointment is scheduled in less than 2 week timeframe as needed.
Receive from physician completed and signed forms requested by the patient such as: Disability, Family Medical Leave, Workers Compensation, Medical Assistance Application, MVA, etc. All completed forms should be scanned into EPIC and send original to the patients for their records.
Review clinic schedules, and make adjustment as appropriate
Other activity processed in EPIC
Enter patient phone messages and route to physician.
Print and send patient letters as necessary
Document inbound/outbound phone messages to patients
Pend RX refills requested and route to physician
Pend orders based on defined “Practice Preferences.”
In-basket – Check messages daily and respond as directed by department policy.
Provide information to patients
Reinforce information for office visits (e.g. scheduled dates of service, information to bring to the visit, driving instructions, where to park, etc.
Act as a liaison for patient, coordinating future consultations, diagnostics tests, or procedures.
Able to answer more complex questions with accuracy and provide up to date insurance information found on Johns Hopkins Managed Care website.
Facilitate scheduling of lab tests and other procedures. Determine appropriate schedule for clinical appointments based on physician schedule, and does three way call to hand off patient to call center.
Gather information to pend RX request and route to physician.
Assist as needed with insurance authorizations for non-formulary medications.
Coordination of OR Cases (If appropriate)
Work with surgical scheduling coordinator to post all OR cases.
Verify that the posting sheet is completed and signed by the surgeon and scanned within EPIC.
Send out surgical packet to patient with pre-op instructions.
Verify all documents are received and scanned appropriately into EPIC prior to date of surgery.
If applicable, prepare to support clinic activities from home in case of JHU closure (install virtual desktop and keep electronic reference lists as needed, and make sure you have cell or home phone numbers for physicians, supervisors, and clinic manager).
Academic/General Administrative Support – As necessary
Provide general administrative support to one or more physicians
Answer office phone, schedule meetings/maintains calendar for physicians, make travel arrangements, maintains filing system (copy or scan as indicated).
Assist with preparation of correspondence, reports, posters, and related documents
Compiles information for reports, grant applications, manuscripts, etc.
Orders stock and maintains office supplies
May coordinate large meetings and/or seminars (e.g., arrange logistics for speakers, meeting space, refreshments, invitations)
May assist with preparation of sponsored project material
Process reimbursements per department protocol as applicable.
Minimum Qualifications (Required)
High School Diploma/GED.
Three (3) years progressively responsible medical office experience.
Medical terminology required.
Intermediate computer and proofreading skills required.
Experience in the Johns Hopkins system strongly preferred.
Additional education may be substituted for up to one year of experience. * JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for the required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job. *
Two years college preferred.
Experience in Johns Hopkins Health System strongly preferred.
Experience with EPIC, ORMIS, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook preferred.
Minimum of one year medical office and/or surgery scheduling experience preferred.
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Courses in Medical Terminology, Anatomy, and Physiology, or demonstrated appropriate knowledge.
Ability to multitask and work in a high volume setting
Excellent analytical and communication skills coupled with patience and fortitude.
Has demonstrated customer service, communication skills, ability to diffuse difficult situations in a complex environment.
Has good understanding of third party reimbursement policies and protocols.
Has good understanding of the registration and scheduling systems.
Technical qualifications or specialized certifications:
The work location for this position is: Bethesda, MD
Classified Title: Sr. Medical Office Coordinator Working Title: CO Sr. Medical Office Coordinator Role/Level/Range: ATO 40/E/02/OE Starting Hourly Pay Rate Range: $17.42 - $23.95/ Commensurate with experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00a to 4:30 pm/ 40 hrs per week Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus Department name: 10003028-SOM Oto Clinic Personnel area: School of Medicine
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